Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983

Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983 294 Book Reviews / Social Sciences and Missions 24 (2011) 284–306 Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, xvi + 269pp., illus., Hdbk. $55.00, ISBN 978-0195379648. On March 23, 1982, General Efraín Ríos Montt, a born-again Pentecostal Protestant, took power in a military coup in Guatemala with two other offi cers. After dismissing his coup part- ners, he carried out a devastating scorched-earth war of counterinsurgency for the next sixteen months that eff ectively defeated the guerrilla movement the Guatemalan military had been fi ghting for more than twenty years. How and why did these two events happen, and what rela- tionship do they have to each other? In the fi rst book-length historical study in English of the period of la violencia (1978-84) in Guatemala, Virginia Garrard-Burnett provides us with complex answers to these questions, and others, in her excellent book on the Ríos Montt regime. Th e book is structured around key questions about the regime and la violencia : the nature and explanations of la violencia ; the his- torical and political context out of which it developed; Ríos http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Sciences and Missions (preceeded by Le Fait Missionaire until 2006) Brill

Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983

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294 Book Reviews / Social Sciences and Missions 24 (2011) 284–306 Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982-1983. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010, xvi + 269pp., illus., Hdbk. $55.00, ISBN 978-0195379648. On March 23, 1982, General Efraín Ríos Montt, a born-again Pentecostal Protestant, took power in a military coup in Guatemala with two other offi cers. After dismissing his coup part- ners, he carried out a devastating scorched-earth war of counterinsurgency for the next sixteen months that eff ectively defeated the guerrilla movement the Guatemalan military had been fi ghting for more than twenty years. How and why did these two events happen, and what rela- tionship do they have to each other? In the fi rst book-length historical study in English of the period of la violencia (1978-84) in Guatemala, Virginia Garrard-Burnett provides us with complex answers to these questions, and others, in her excellent book on the Ríos Montt regime. Th e book is structured around key questions about the regime and la violencia : the nature and explanations of la violencia ; the his- torical and political context out of which it developed; Ríos

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